Newswire: The 2015 VMAs were MTV’s least-watched ever

It turns out not that many people were excited to tune in to MTV on Sunday night and watch Vine “stars” kill time in between handing awards and microphones to Taylor Swift. Variety reports that the Nielsen live+same day estimates for the MTV telecast drew the smallest audience for the show in the channel’s history. The 2015 Video Music Awards averaged 5.03 million viewers on MTV, beating the previous record low of 5.07 million in 1996. It was down nearly 40 percent from last year’s audience of 8.26 million, when there was no host, which America apparently prefers to Miley Cyrus hosting.

However, this is actually a bit misleading when you get into specifics. The show aired simultaneously on nine different Viacom-owned networks, and when you combine the numbers from VH1, Comedy Central, TV Land, and BET, you get an additional 3.9 million …

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